Autumn Explorations

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

This week, I decided to continue with the Dora theme with emphasis on Exploring.  The new season has greeted us with beautiful weather and we have taken full advantage of it!

Abby enjoyed her afternoons so far this week hunting for treasures in a giant sensory bin, her sand table.

Eventually, we  broke out the wheelbarrows in preparation for our Fall display.  She helped move rocks around and we discovered quite a few creatures during our project, including our second skink and a little frog.

We helped Daddy on the tractor..

Played in LOTS of dirt and mud..


And yes, she is jumping into a big pile of mud!

 Super proud of her dirty hands! ;-)

Drew shapes...

Trying to sneak up on Daddy in the garage...

She explored our new flowers and helped arrange pumpkins.

She LOVES the scarecrows..

And finally, finished the display..


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I have only explored Pinterest for a few days now, but it's a really great tool to help organize ideas on almost anything you can think of.

In the past, I have always planned anything I do by copying pictures into a Word document.  I end up scrolling through tons of pages forgetting to include links and neglecting to note what I actually really liked about that particular image. Now, my problem is solved!  Whether it's designing a new house, planning a birthday party, or sorting ideas for school/gifts...I now have an organized way to do it.

Here are a few ideas, I pinned for Fire Safety Week, which we will be covering in early October. 

Tot School - D is for Dora

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Abby is 37 months old.

Tot School

I was very excited to have found the Dora printables from 1+1+1=1, as Abby loves Dora and it was a great introduction into Spanish.  She's been familiar with counting and naming some colors in Spanish for awhile now, but this allowed us to review some of the things she knew and learn some new words, as well.

We kicked off the week with a trip to see Lion King 3D.  I was really excited to take Abby to her first movie and she did an excellent job sitting still and watching, but I think she was probably more interested in the bag of popcorn than the movie. :-)

She did lots of dot painting this week...

Worked lots of puzzles including upper and lowercase letters and a Dora puzzle which proved to be a bit challenging...

We played a color matching game in English and Spanish and she really enjoyed helping me read the Dora and Boots story in her mini lapbook.

She still hates coloring, but she is learning to be somewhat patient minus the deep breaths and declaration of how tired she is after the first minute. :-)

She put her number puzzle together saying the numbers in Spanish.

This weeks bible story was about Joseph and his beautiful coat.  She used colorful stamps to illustrate the picture and learned about trusting in God.

We played Memory..kind of..

Made a Dora sticker collage...

We also met this little fellow, a blue-tailed skink.


Ending the week with the first day of Autumn, it was a great night for a bonfire.  She played in the dirt/mud and enjoyed a hot dog and s'more.


Tot School - Transportation Theme and Letter C

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Abby is 37 months old.

Tot School

This week I tried to be a little carefree and lighthearted with the daily activities I had planned.  I wasn't as organized as I would have liked to have been, but Abby seemed to like the fun approach and showed great enthusiasm and improvement.

The letter of the week was C for Car and that tied perfectly in with the Cars Preschool Pack from 1+1+1=1 and Transportation Preschool Pack from Homeschool Creations.  She really liked the theme this week!

She sequenced the school buses.

Matched and named the shapes and colors.

Had a blast counting and circling the numbers of each form of transportation, as well as, tracing.

She loved using the tweezers to pick up the pom poms and place them in the ice cube trays.

She loved piecing the puzzles together and she worked on making patterns.

The absolute FAVORITE activities this week were the alphabet puzzle and the sensory bin filled with lentils!  She would play for hours making soup and all sorts of stuff.

But then, little girl had a day where she didn't feel well.  So we took the day off and we just played all day and watched Thomas the Tank Engine.

The next day she was begging to do school and felt much better! But first, we took a little field trip to Grandma's with Daddy.

We gathered some corn stalks for the fall display in the coming week.

And walked down to the lake.

Back at home, she played on the swingset and the slide.

Then, she did some birdwatching with her "oculars."

Then, she spent a few minutes playing with some vehicles we learned about this week.

To end the week, we took her on a trip to Cincinnati to ride on Thomas the Tank Engine.

She did really well on her first train ride.  We rode in vintage 1930's cars which was a nice piece of history to experience.

Then, she played in a maze and was pretty good at maneuvering her way through.

When we left, she just had to have the Thomas balloon that was about as big as she was.

We ended the day with a trip to the zoo since we also studied Noah's Ark this week.  It tied in perfectly.  These are some of her favorite animals she saw.  She really enjoyed watching the gorillas irritating each other and the baby giraffe and we were lucky enough to pet a Wallaby which was really neat!

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